Enough is enough — EAT finds ‘unmanageable’ employee was not dismissed for whistleblowing

The claimant in Panayiotou v Kernagahn, a policeman, was subjected to a series of detriments and was ultimately dismissed by his employer for having an incompatible business interest. During the course of his employment, he made a number of protected whistleblowing disclosures about the attitude of some officers to racial issues and to victims of abuse. He contended that the fact that he had made those disclosures was the reason, or the principal reason, for his dismissal.

The tribunal did express the view that the claimant had not been fairly treated over the years leading up to his dismissal. But the issue was not one of straightforward unfair dismissal; the question was whether he had been subjected to detriment as a result of making protected disclosures…

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